Climate change is not in the distant future—it’s happening here and now. The state of Minnesota has been monitoring changes in temperature and precipitation, snow depth and lake ice, storms and droughts, our growing season and more for decades. As our climate changes, we see the harmful effects in communities across our state today, from health, to housing, to fish and farming.
Minnesota is getting warmer and wetter
The scientific evidence is clear: Minnesota's climate already is changing rapidly.
Farmers face new challenges for crops, livestock
A warmer, wetter Minn. strains food production, our ag economy, and farmers.
Mega-rains overwhelm rivers, roads, and budgets
Since 2000, Minnesota has seen a significant uptick in devastating rainstorms.
Older Minnesotans are in danger from extreme heat
Average temperatures have warmed by nearly 3°F and extreme heat events are also on the rise.
Recreation, tourism threatened by winter warming
Our increasingly warm winters is one of the leading indicators that Minnesota’s climate is changing.
Disproportionate heat risks for communities of color
Decades of housing discrimination created climate inequities in cities like Minneapolis.
Fish and wildlife struggle under new conditions
Warmer waters are stressing Minnesota's iconic lakes and diverse fisheries.
Indigenous ways of life in jeopardy
Our changing climate threatens food security and cultural traditions for Tribes.
Heavy rains put our health, water quality at risk
Climate change poses severe challenges for our stormwater systems.